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October 8, 2006
How about some changes to the Instrument Practical Test Standards (PTS) and instrument currency requirements?
Even though the FAA is phasing out nondirectional beacons (NDBs), instrument students can still be required to demonstrate the ability to fly the obsolete approaches during their practical test (checkride).
And even though a GPS-WAAS VNAV or LPV approach is flown just like an ILS, it doesn't "count" as a precision approach for either training or instrument currency.
"That doesn't make sense, particularly since we are transitioning our navigation system to satellite and will eventually eliminate most of the ground-based navaids," explained AOPA's Executive Vice President of Government Affairs Andy Cebula. And so the AOPA team pushed for changes in both the PTS and currency requirements with the people in Oklahoma City who can do something about it.
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August 10, 2006
Aeronautical Decision Making,
German scientists have captured the first high-resolution close-ups of an aircraft propeller in flight, revealing exactly how the blades deform under flight forces.
The FAA’s “lack of an executable plan, unresolved technical issues, and ineffective collaboration with industry,” are “programmatic challenges” to moving toward the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits Matthew Hampton testified June 25.
Edward Swearingen, an aircraft designer who made a lasting mark on aviation, died May 15.
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